COVID-19 could delay Supreme Court confirmation hearings
One of the few obstacles that could prevent Amy Coney Barrett from being confirmed as a Supreme Court justice this year is the coronavirus. That potential threat was on display Friday, when news of President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 test was followed by a similar announcement from U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican who […]
Roberts, Moran seek two-year extension on use of COVID-19 aid
TOPEKA — U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts of Kansas introduced federal legislation Friday to extend by two years the time allotted for state and local governments to spend COVID-19 economic relief funding. State, county and city officials in Kansas have scrambled to allocate and spend $1.2 billion funneled to the state earlier this […]
Kansas delegation votes against latest U.S. House coronavirus bill
The four U.S. House members from Kansas vote against latest coronavirus relief bill that passed by narrow margin.
Judge: Balancing defendant’s liberties, public safety essential in pretrial justice
TOPEKA — A leading Kansas appellate judge said finding a balance between pretrial restrictions that are fair to the defendant’s liberties and maintaining public safety is a task judges in the state have long struggled with. Karen Arnold Burger, chief judge for the Kansas Court of Appeals, said many judges fear lenient restrictions may result […]
U.S. House passes new pandemic relief bill, but talks lag on bipartisan deal
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday night narrowly passed a slimmed-down $2.2 trillion Democratic coronavirus relief bill that retains hundreds of billions in aid for states and local governments, boosts unemployment benefits and extends another round of $1,200 checks for each taxpayer. But the package, passed on a 214-207 vote, with 18 Democrats splitting […]
Kansas tax revenue surpasses first quarter estimate by $108 million
TOPEKA — The state of Kansas collected $108 million more in tax revenue than anticipated in the first quarter of the current fiscal year, officials said Thursday. Gov. Laura Kelly said the three-month accumulation of cash shouldn’t divert attention from the need to be financially frugal. She said concern persists about estimates of future revenue […]
COVID-19 pandemic undercuts enrollment by 8.1% at Kansas universities, colleges
COVID-19 is blamed for the 9.4% enrollment decline at the 32 public universities and colleges managed by the Kansas Board of Regents.
American Indian tribes ‘very close to reaching a breaking point’ in COVID-19 response
WASHINGTON — Native American tribes are facing a dire situation from the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing some of them to a breaking point, American Indian health leaders told members of Congress this week. In many places, tribal leaders are scrambling to respond to disproportional illness and death in their communities. Confirmed COVID-19 cases among American Indians […]
Kansas health secretary says first wave of COVID-19 isn’t over, expect more infections
TOPEKA — Kansas Department of Health and Environment secretary Lee Norman on Wednesday said the state remains in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the number of infections will be worse when the second wave arrives. Between 3-5% of the state’s 2.9 million people have already been infected, Norman said, and the spread […]
Former Topekan to lead Smithsonian’s museum of African American history, culture
The new director of Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture is poet and author Kevin Young, a former Topeka resident.
Kansas state Rep. Leonard Mastroni dies after lengthy illness
TOPEKA — Republican state Rep. Leonard Mastroni, a former district court judge and county commissioner, died on Wednesday, officials said. Mastroni, 71, of La Crosse, was running unopposed to another term in the Kansas House representing the 117th District in southwest Kansas. He was a conservative lawmaker who since 2017 served Edwards, Hodgeman, Kiowa and […]
Gov. Laura Kelly, Invenergy outline economic jolt of electric transmission project
Gov. Laura Kelly, Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers tout potential of Invenergy's plan for transmission line to carry Kansas wind power to the east.